• Re: OT You have won an John Deere Mower

    From Phil Allison@21:1/5 to Grant Taylor on Sat Jun 18 23:01:19 2022
    Grant Taylor wrote:
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    Why can't, or won't, people differentiate between "couldn't care less"
    and "could care less".


    ** The two versions have the same meaning, though only the former is grammatical.
    The latter appears to be an Americanism, I cannot recall hearing it from an Aussie or Pom.



    .... Phil

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  • From Grant Taylor@21:1/5 to John S on Sat Jun 18 23:18:38 2022
    On 6/18/22 2:36 PM, John S wrote:
    Why are people using "a" and "an" incorrectly these days? No education?

    ~chuckle~

    I don't know.

    Why can't, or won't, people differentiate between "couldn't care less"
    and "could care less".

    I think "lazy" or "don't care" tend to cover a lot of cases. Closely
    followed by "ignorance".



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    Grant. . . .
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  • From legg@21:1/5 to gtaylor@tnetconsulting.net on Sun Jun 19 09:51:48 2022
    On Sat, 18 Jun 2022 23:18:38 -0600, Grant Taylor
    <gtaylor@tnetconsulting.net> wrote:

    On 6/18/22 2:36 PM, John S wrote:
    Why are people using "a" and "an" incorrectly these days? No education?

    ~chuckle~

    I don't know.

    Why can't, or won't, people differentiate between "couldn't care less"
    and "could care less".

    I think "lazy" or "don't care" tend to cover a lot of cases. Closely >followed by "ignorance".

    Think the error occurs mostly in written languag, rather than
    spoken - as the 'rule' originates solely to ease speach.

    It shows up when the text is read out loud - in a script or
    tele-promp.

    A recent Sci-Fi novel hit the stand with 'would of', 'should of'
    and 'could of', when would've (would have), could've (could
    have) etc are correct. A case where the easier spoken form
    gets corrupted in text.

    Not something that spell check corrects for you.

    RL

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  • From Tabby@21:1/5 to legg on Sun Jun 19 16:27:57 2022
    On Sunday, 19 June 2022 at 14:51:01 UTC+1, legg wrote:
    On Sat, 18 Jun 2022 23:18:38 -0600, Grant Taylor
    <gta...@tnetconsulting.net> wrote:

    On 6/18/22 2:36 PM, John S wrote:
    Why are people using "a" and "an" incorrectly these days? No education?

    ~chuckle~

    I don't know.

    Why can't, or won't, people differentiate between "couldn't care less"
    and "could care less".

    I think "lazy" or "don't care" tend to cover a lot of cases. Closely >followed by "ignorance".
    Think the error occurs mostly in written languag, rather than
    spoken - as the 'rule' originates solely to ease speach.

    It shows up when the text is read out loud - in a script or
    tele-promp.

    A recent Sci-Fi novel hit the stand with 'would of', 'should of'
    and 'could of', when would've (would have), could've (could
    have) etc are correct. A case where the easier spoken form
    gets corrupted in text.

    Not something that spell check corrects for you.

    RL

    Spell chequers our purr fact.

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  • From Grant Taylor@21:1/5 to legg on Mon Jun 20 15:12:05 2022
    On 6/19/22 7:51 AM, legg wrote:
    Not something that spell check corrects for you.

    Isn't that where grammar checkers come into play?



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  • From John Doe@21:1/5 to Grant Taylor on Mon Jun 20 22:31:21 2022
    Grant Taylor <gtaylor@tnetconsulting.net> wrote:

    legg wrote:

    Not something that spell check corrects for you.

    Isn't that where grammar checkers come into play?

    You get both with speech recognition. Every once in a while, it amazes me
    by correctly printing garbled speech. But getting into it, getting it to
    work reliably after the wow effect is over, ain't easy for some people.

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  • From legg@21:1/5 to gtaylor@tnetconsulting.net on Mon Jun 20 20:18:54 2022
    On Mon, 20 Jun 2022 15:12:05 -0600, Grant Taylor
    <gtaylor@tnetconsulting.net> wrote:

    On 6/19/22 7:51 AM, legg wrote:
    Not something that spell check corrects for you.

    Isn't that where grammar checkers come into play?

    The grammar checkers I've experienced are more of a
    nuisaance, than anything else.

    If one were used that caught those errors, they
    wouldn't be there, would they?

    I expect that a publishing house or broadcasting
    facility would be armed with any tools needed -
    complicated by the fact that written dialog is
    often intended and expected to be non-grammatical,
    in order to be authentic or amusing - never mind
    script or staging directions etc.

    RL

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